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Summary record of the 30th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Wednesday, 30 October 2002, at 10 a.m.
Chairman: Mr. Wenaweser .................................................. (Liechtenstein)
Agenda item 109: Human rights questions
(a) Implementation of human rights instruments
The meeting was called to order at 10.15 a.m.
Agenda item 109: Human rights questions (A/57/311/Add.1; A/C.3/57/2)
(a) Implementation of human rights instruments (A/57/3, A/57/40, 44, 56, 173, 268, 291, 308, 399, 400, 445 and 476)
35. Mr. Shobokshi (Saudi Arabia) ...
37. For more than half a century, the human rights of the Palestinian people had been violated under the State terrorism of Israel, which expropriated their lands, prevented them from building or repairing their homes, prohibited them from using water, impeded their means to earn a living, demolished their houses, destroyed their economic infrastructure, imposed curfews, arrested them without formal charges, attacked them by tanks and helicopters, and applied against them collective punishment. The international community had been witnessing those exactions without its conscience being stirred to action, as if Israel was not accountable and was immune to condemnation. Stability in any part of the world would require compliance with justice and respect for liberties. Keeping silent in the face of the Israeli war machine undermined international legitimacy. Israeli violence could not nullify an essential truth, which was the right of the Palestinian people to establish their own independent State, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The meeting rose at 11.30 a.m.
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